The Halifax Rifles (RCAC)

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Based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, The Halifax Rifles is an Armoured Reconnaisance Unit of the Canadian Forces Reserve. The Halifax Rifles began as one of six independent volunteer rifle companies that formed on 23 December 1859.  On 14 May 1860, these companies formed The Halifax Volunteer Battalion. Throughout the next century, the battalion’s name went through 5 iterations before finally settling on The Halifax Rifles (RCAC) in 1958.

The role of the armoured reconnaissance unit is to obtain timely and accurate information which both satisfies the commander’s information requirements and is received quickly enough to be incorporated in the commander’s operational planning process.

Members of armoured reconnaissance units are highly-adaptable decision makers trained to manoeuvre in enemy territory undetected, collecting and reporting information on the enemy.

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Command Team

Commanding Officer - Major Gary Melville
Sergeant-Major - Warrant Officer Tony Mosher

Our History

The Halifax Rifles began as one of six independent volunteer rifle companies that formed on 23 December 1859.  On 14 May 1860, these companies formed The Halifax Volunteer Battalion. Throughout the next century, the battalion’s name went through 5 iterations before finally settling on The Halifax Rifles (RCAC) in 1958.

The Regiment has always possessed certain marked characteristics that make it unique.  Notably, instead of a rigid adherence to accepted methods, the leaders have always encouraged an independence of thought which has enabled the regiment to tackle new problems, adopt new methods and to meet changing conditions.  The Halifax Rifles have a rich history of service, including seeing action in the Northwest Rebellion, the Boer War, WWI, WWII, the Korean War and various peacekeeping missions.

In 1941, additional armoured regiments were required for overseas service, so the Rifles were ordered to convert to armour and proceed to Camp Borden for necessary training.  They landed overseas in June 1943, and remained in England until August of that year.  Because at this time the need for reinforcements was much greater than the need of additional armoured regiments, the Rifles were broken up and its soldiers were dispersed to other regiments.

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Join Our Unit

If you are interested in joining The Halifax Rifles (RCAC) please contact our recruiting office at (902) 427-1551 or visit the Canadian Forces recruiting website!

When We Train

The Halifax Rifles train from September through to June on Tuesday evenings (7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.) and one weekend per month.

Equipment

For more information about the vehicles and weapons used by the Canadian Army, visit our Equipment page.

Contact Us  

The Halifax Rifles (RCAC)
PO Box 99000 Stn Forces
Halifax, NS B3K 5X5
Phone: 902-722-7517

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